Man accused of trying to lure little girls into home
BATON ROUGE - Deputies arrested a 55-year-old man after investigators said he tried to lure two juveniles into his home, and chased them when they refused.
Deputies charged William Johnson, 55, of Baton Rouge with indecent behavior with juveniles after the incident at S. Maribel Court Tuesday.
The victims, who are ages 12 and 14, said they were walking near Johnson's house when he beckoned them inside. When they refused the girls said he chased them all the way down to the street while making sexual gestures. The girls said they were able to lose Johnson at E. Maribel Ct. and run home safely.
Johnson denied claims that he had followed the girls, and said he only spoke to them as they passed his residence.
The deputy who interviewed Johnson said it's likely he recently used crack cocaine. Deputies said they smelled a strong copper odor on Johnson and found copper steel wool in his pocket, which is used when smoking crack.
Johnson was arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
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